Monday, November 16, 2009

Review: 'Shape of Things' pushes boundaries of art, love

By the final curtain, the first line in “The Shape of Things” could be directed at every character: “You stepped over the line.”

The Neil LaBute play, which opened Friday in the Studio Theatre at the University of Illinois Springfield, follows four college students testing the boundaries of love and life — and each other.

As Adam, Joey Cruse displays some of the same fecklessness he used to great comic effect as Leo Bloom in “The Producers” this year at The Muni. Evelyn has to be everything Adam isn’t, and Carol Schulte plays the role with enough of an edge to make you wonder if everything is as it seems.

Lauren Braden’s Jenny blends likability with vulnerability, and Kevin Brownell’s Phil steals several scenes with some of the funniest lines in the play.

The review was published in an November 14, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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